I am a squirrel. And not just because they’re adorable (and seemingly cuddly), but because they are planners, gatherers, prepared, aware of their surroundings, sociable, playful, energetic, and resourceful.
Yes, I’m adorable and cuddly. But I am also a planner. I mean… I am the queen of planning. I love planners. I like need to know where my next meal is coming from. I need to know what I’m doing each night. And I need to know what my week looks like come Sunday night - or else I’m a ball of anxiety.
I’m a gatherer. A gatherer of hearts, of feelings, of love, of resources.
And I LOVE being social. I feed off of other people’s energy while still bringing my own. I am playful, I am silly, and I am energetic. If you think I’m not -- just get me chatting about shopping, cats, arts & crafts, and I could converse for days.
Next time you see a squirrel, think ENERGY.
Think of the kind of energy you want to have.
Is it squirrel-like? Or sloth-like?
Which do you want to be?
Madimak (Polygonum cognatum) for lunch today. Talk about #ancientfood or #huntergatherer societies. This is a weed that grows in Central Turkey and is a staple of the local cuisine. My lovely mother-in-law always keeps some for us. This fine specimen traveled half way across the globe in dried form. Served with yogurt. Enjoy!
Sliced up this gorgeous ganoderma oregonense, closely related to (and still commonly called) the reishi mushroom. I harvested her 2 nights ago. Thanking her for allowing herself to be found, thanking her for her powerful medicine. Humbled to be able to have access to these pure, rich, forests, as well as to the knowledge that was passed on from others. Gardening has always brought me such immense pride and joy, but foraging is bringing me such immense gratitude and even more respect for everything that is this beautiful planet. What a connective experience. From the find, the exclamation, the dance, the cut, the haul, to your whole home smelling like the deepest reaches of a coastal rainforest while dehydrating this fabulous fungus overnight.
This girl has just come out of the dehydrator, and is now all cozy in a few sealed glass jars. I have some set aside for a batch of tea, and am drying a second, smaller shroom, so I can ship her to a friend 😊🍄🖤
I'm going to miss fall time hunting & camping. Spent a lot of time on the river this season, it's been a successful fall. Brought home 14 tuttu, one Tiniikak(moose) and one Ugrukchiak. Going to be a long winter. Blessed to know that I provided for my people and made sure they have food stored away for this upcoming winter. #hunter#gatherer#provide
The pine needles in Hawaii are very different than New England pine needles. Here they have white dots on them and are super long! I have gathered these pine needles in preparation for making pine needle baskets:) #gatherer#basketweaver
As a child I used to collect chestnuts at my grandma's. She later cooked them and we ate them all together with my uncles and cousins. I haven't made them myself in years but we collected a good bunch with the kids today and I will think of my grandma (who has since passed) while I cook them tomorrow.
The return of wild greens is a welcome one, few more welcome (from a culinary perspective) than Cardamine hirsuta (Hairy Bittercress)! A delicate, pleasantly flavored mustard green, this will put out rosettes in fall and then again in spring, when it flowers. One of the more deceptive common names, it is neither particularly hairy nor very bitter (certainly not when compared to other wild mustards). Apart than that, it is well named! 😅Cress is probably the closest comparison, but Cardamine is far less pungent. Crucial to perk up fall salads and as the basis for pestos and other green sauces. #wildgreens#wildfood#edibleweeds#cardaminehirsuta#bittercress#edibleplants#gatherer#foraging#wildherbs
What do you do when you find an octopus wedged up in the reef on low tide??? Get it out of course. But then what do you do with it???? 🔞🔞🔞mind the bad language.